Vietnam was, is and will be an active, responsible member of the Francophone community, ready to build a bloc of solidarity and strength, said Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan at a ceremony to mark International Francophone Day (March 20) in Hanoi on March 14.

The Vice President hailed what the French-speaking community has reaped over the past time, especially its involvement in global efforts to realise Millennium Development Goals, cope with climate change, reform the world financial system, and promote diversity of cultures and languages.

Doan thanked the global community, especially Francophone member countries, for electing Vietnam as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2014-2016 tenure.

Secretary General of the International Francophone Organisation Abdou Diouf praised Vietnam for successfully hosting the Hanoi summit, a milestone in the history of the Francophone bloc with the adoption of the Francophone Charter and the election of the first Secretary General.

At the ceremony, Prof. Phan Huy Le and Asso.Prof. Dr Nguyen Ngoc Luu Ly were honoured for their contributions to the Francophone movement in Vietnam.-VNA